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GO TO 2040 recognizes the importance of a modern transportation system to sustain our region's economy and quality of life.  Residents must be able to access a variety of jobs and communities in which to live, and businesses rely on timely shipments to receive inputs and deliver goods.

While the region's transportation system has long been a foundation of our success, it was built decades ago and is in need of significant investment.  Simply put, we must modernize our transportation system to compete in the global economy.  CMAP's work plan emphasizes the following mobility topics:

 

CMAP uses data to prioritize projects and make investment decisions.  Interactive mobility visualizations allow users to explore this data on metropolitan Chicago's transportation system, including road, transit, and freight networks, which drive our regional economy.

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January 17, 2017  

An automated sidewalk quality and safety assessment tool

The Georgia Department of Transportation and the Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development, and Education Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology have published a... Read More About An automated sidewalk quality and safety assessment tool
January 17, 2017  

White paper covers innovations in bicycle and pedestrian counts

A white paper produced by Alta Planning + Design reviews innovations, emerging technologies, and applications of bicycle and pedestrian counts in communities around the county. Read More About White paper covers innovations in bicycle and pedestrian counts
January 9, 2017  

Surgeon General calls for walking and more walkable communities

The U.S. Surgeon General has issued a call to action to promote walking and walkable communities as a key strategy to improve the health of U.S residents. The call to action complements and... Read More About Surgeon General calls for walking and more walkable communities
January 9, 2017  

Draft of a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian data collection manual released

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released a draft of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Collection Manual .  Developed as part of a statewide bicycle and pedestrian data... Read More About Draft of a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian data collection manual released
January 4, 2017  

2016 Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Report is out

The Alliance for Biking & Walking has released the 2016 edition of its bi-annual national bicycling and walking Benchmarking Project. The Alliance has been tracking data across the U.S.... Read More About 2016 Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Report is out
January 4, 2017  

UK report quantifies the economic value of cycling

Birmingham's Department for Transport has released a report that reviews the literature on the value of cycling -- including evidence of cycling's wider economic benefits. The aim was to... Read More About UK report quantifies the economic value of cycling
December 19, 2016  

Public Roads article examines efforts for more flexible roadway design

The March/April issue of the Federal Highway Administration's bimonthly magazine, Public Roads , includes the article, "Towards More Flexible Design." The article focuses on the ways in which... Read More About Public Roads article examines efforts for more flexible roadway design
December 19, 2016  

NACTO releases Transit Street Design Guide

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) has released a design guide on developing transit facilities on city streets. Following NACTO's influential Urban Street... Read More About NACTO releases Transit Street Design Guide
December 12, 2016  

Exploring the design and function of protected roundabouts

The Walkable and Livable Communities Institute has published an illustrated article on protected (or "Dutch-style") roundabouts, which can provide enhanced safety for bicyclists and... Read More About Exploring the design and function of protected roundabouts
December 12, 2016  

New technical brief on bike-share stations now available

The Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has issued a technical brief on bike share stations in the U.S. As of February, 2016, the U.S. has 2,655 bike... Read More About New technical brief on bike-share stations now available
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The transportation network is one of our region's most important assets, moving people and goods to and from jobs, markets, and recreation.  While this advanced system of highways, trains, and buses retains an excellent national and global reputation, it is aging quickly and losing stride with 21st Century needs.  The Regional Vision describes a future multimodal transportation system that is "safe, accessible, easy to navigate, affordable, and coordinated with nearby land uses," reduces congestion and improves mobility, and supports "reinvestment in our existing communities…leading to environmentally sensitive and fiscally efficient outcomes."    

To achieve this, GO TO 2040 seeks to maintain existing infrastructure of all types and gain operational efficiencies from it, make additional investments in transit and freight, use innovative and sustainable finance and system management ideas, link transportation investments with housing and land uses, and encourage choices that result in livable, walkable, transit-supportive communities.  

CMAP thinks about regional transportation system as having the following components: strategic investment, roads, transit, and freight.  A 21st Century transportation system requires strategic investments that support economic growth and quality of life.  Billions of transportation dollars are at stake each year in Illinois.  Taxpayers deserve to understand how priorities are set for investments, and that these investments are credible, accountable, and tied to measureable benefits.  

A strategic, performance-based approach will help to address the region's substantial road congestion and deferred maintenance needs.  Our extensive highway network accommodates the vast majority of regional travel, not only in private automobiles, but also by other mode.  A modern approach to highway investment must embrace "complete streets" that also recognize the needs of transit, bicyclists, and pedestrians.  This way of thinking acknowledges that roads are not only transportation facilities, but also vital components of our communities.  

Strategic investments will also help to provide a stronger commitment to transit.  Northeastern Illinois needs and deserves a world-class transit system.  This requires attention to not only how transit operates, but how it is perceived.  A transit system that functions well, with on-time and frequent service and seamless connection between modes, is a necessity.  But so are features that make transit attractive, such as clean stations, modern transit vehicles, and clear information.  

Finally, such an approach will recognize the critical importance of freight to our region.  Metropolitan Chicago is the nation's preeminent freight hub, linking the region's industries and consumers to global markets.  Highways, railroads, waterways, and airports all provide important connections to the world.  Yet each of these modes of transportation is intertwined with the livability of the region.  

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